Between 1907 and 1920, Lydia Beekman Hibbard (1834-1920), who was a faithful Episcopalian in Chicago, gave about $23,000 to the Hibbard Egyptian Library at Western Theological Seminary. Two professors of the school, Olaf Toffteen (Professor of Semitic Languages and Literature, 1907-1910) and Samuel A. B. Mercer (Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament Literature, 1910-1922) were responsible for the initial development of this library whose rich holdings encompassed the fields of Egyptology, Semitic Languages, and Near Eastern archaeology.
Holdings include Description de l'Égypte (Paris, 1809-28), Rosellini's I monumenti dell'Egitto e della Nubia (Pisa, 1832-44), Lepsius's Denkmaeler aus Aegypten und Aethiopien (Berlin, 1849-54), and Botta's Monument de Ninive (Paris, 1849-50). The Hibbard Rare Book Collection (and the Mummy) are now located at Garrett-Evangelical.